Circular letter 12/2003
/ Ewald Frank
9. Current events
After Israel’s Prime minister, Ariel Scharon, made his visit on the Temple Mountain on September 28th, 2000, the Intifada resumed its terrorist activities, more intensely than ever before. Since September 11th, 2001, the whole world came to know that every attack is directed against Israel, even if it is executed in a city thousands of kilometres away. In New York the Twin Towers crumbled and the lives of 3,000 human beings were extinguished in one blow. Of the nineteen hijackers who took charge of the aircrafts, fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, the home-country of Osama Bin Laden. It is the country of Mohammed with the two most important and holy Muslim cities, Mecca and Medina. Jerusalem was chosen as the third holy city — so it can be fulfilled that Jerusalem will become the burdensome stone for all nations (Zech.12:3).
Why the U.S.-President, Mr.Bush, chose Saddam Hussein and Iraq, the country with the two rivers Euphrates and Tigris, to settle his account, can only be explained from the viewpoint of Bible prophecy. Before the attack took place, the world witnessed the face-to-face conversations between the Pope and the second man in charge in Iraq, Mr.Tarik Aziz, intended to avoid a possible war under all circumstances. Behind the scenes, the high-ranking diplomat of the Vatican, the French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, had talks in Baghdad, in order to get Saddam Hussein to step down and leave the country. At about the same time, negotiations went on with Muhammar al Gaddafi in Lybia about where Saddam Hussein should find his new domicile. The agreement was that no attack should take place until Saddam Hussein was safely placed somewhere. President Bush gave him 48 hours to leave his country, Iraq, before the attack took place. Later the big search for Saddam was launched!
According to Rev.9:13-21 the four judgment angels are bound at the Euphrates River until the day and the hour arrive. The “holy war” is to be right at the beginning of the “Day of the LORD” ((Joel 3:11-17), and that day certainly is very close. In that connection we are told, “the sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining, the LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the LORD will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” That is the moment when the LORD as the Angel of the Covenant shall come down and roar like a lion (Rev.10), as predicted in Jer.25:30-33, Hos.11:8-11, and Amos 1:3.
On account of his actions, the American president is responsible for turning the entire Arab and Muslim world, and also the rest of the nations, even more against Israel now. With utter dismay we received the news about the bombings on November 18th, 2003, in the European part of Turkey, in the city of Istanbul, when two Jewish synagogues were blown up. It is an incomprehensible hatred, that neither respects human life nor religious buildings, as the terrorists choose their targets. That is how it has been since the days of Ishmael and Isaac, and sadly it shall remain this way right to the very end, upon which, of course, a new glorious beginning shall follow. With all soberness and renewed emphasis we need to pointout that the return of our LORD must be imminent, for we already see the preparation of the things which will take place after the Rapture. With all these things happening, we understand with increasing clarity that Bible prophecies are now being fulfilled.